Ahh, I love New Year’s Day. It’s the start of something new, a full year of adventure ahead, and a chance for a fresh start. Who knows what 2011 will bring? One thing is for sure, I can’t wait to find out.
Last year, I randomly started this blog with a list of my Top 10 Sewing Projects to sew in 2010. And I checked some of the items off the list, I didn’t finish others, but the list was never top of mind. I sewed what I felt like sewing, what I was inspired to sew and what I needed to sew – and thoroughly enjoyed myself!
This year, I’m going to make statement goals. Not a list of to-dos, but things to keep in the back of my mind to help guide my sewing life.
Enjoy the process of sewing. Sometimes I’m in a rush to pump out a project. It ends up being a race to the finish line! Instead, I want to savour the process. I want to take pride in basting, in careful and accurate cutting, and in taking the time to add special sewing details that could easily be skipped for faster results. ‘You want to land, the moment you’re in the air’ – and then you miss all the fun! I want to take the time to make muslins for more accurate fit. I want to tailor a coat using traditional, hand-sewn techniques. Which ties in nicely to my next one…
Less items, better quality. This applies to everything! I’d much rather have one awesome, perfectly fitted and immaculately tailored coat than three acrylic-blend pilly coats that don’t quite fit right. I’d much rather buy natural, organic makeup and pay twice as much. I’d prefer to share a decadent dessert than devour an entire pint of no-name ice-cream. And I’d choose a smaller wardrobe of hand-sewn, high-quality garments than a closet full of cheap, synthetic ‘disposable’ items.
Create four new patterns this year for Sewaholic Patterns. At least four, maybe more! I have some really exciting ideas up my sleeve and can’t wait to share them with you. My focus is building a wardrobe with styles you want to make over and over. I think you’ll like the new designs!
No shopping. For clothing, that is. I hardly shopped at all last year, because of my excitement for sewing. So this year, I’m imposing a shopping ban on any clothing I can make, for the whole year. (Shoes, tights, and knitwear are permitted.) I’m on a tight budget so this should be relatively easy to follow! If I fall off the wagon, I’ll be sure to let you know what item tempted me into breaking the vow. Thrifting and refashioning is allowed though, and so is window-shopping for sewing inspiration. If I see something I want, I’ll have to devise a way to make it instead!
Maintain a balance between work, friends, family, sewing, blogging, fitness, and my love life. It’s all important for a healthy and fun life.
What’s in store for you? Any resolutions, sewing or otherwise? I’d love to hear your outlook on the New Year as well!